I never got to practice my cooking skills back at home (not that I have one) because my mom was a food perfectionist and she pretty much takes care of preparing our meals so I never bothered cooking at all. I also find our kitchen “ugly” (not really that ugly though) which added to my lack of enthusiasm to cook.

Now that I am trying to live on my own, I wanted to experiment on my cooking skills. I am not good in cooking. I just know the basics. I miss Pinoy food for the past couple of weeks so I made sure I would utilize the shared kitchen feature that our guesthouse is offering.

So one day, I decided to cook my own food since my travel buddy went out with his friends. I figured I’d go to the Old Market to buy food for dinner. All I could think of was cooking chicken afritada so I searched for my ingredients and ended up buying the following stuff: seasoning sauce, cooking oil, 2 large chicken thighs wtih legs, large potato, 2 red bell peppers, garlic, onion, tomato, ground pepper. eggplant, carrrots, 1 kilo rice and pandan rice cake for snacks since I was famished πŸ˜†

I never found any tomato sauce in the old market or in the convenience store near our guesthouse so I told myself the meal had to do without tomato sauce. With the 2 fat chicken thighs + drumsticks and the eggplant, I could stretch everything up to 3 meals. 2 meals for the chicken and 1 eggplant omelet. Of course I have to cook them on separate occasions since I can’t consume all of them.

Also, cooking our own rice was a real breather for our depleting funds. I spent 2,700 Cambodian riel for 1 kilo of rice. So far, I’ve cooked 4 meals with the rice I bought and we still have some left. If I buy 1 serving of rice at the eateries outside, it would cost me 1,000 riel. You do the math.

After cooking the rice and the lets-call-it sauteed chicken with potato and carrots, it was a matter of time before I get to eat dinner. I realized the rice I cooked was too much for 1 single person. The chicken thighs were so big too that I had to divide both it into halves.

And here’s the final dish. Sauteed peppered chicken with potato and carrots. Peppered since I added too much pepper in there. hahaha. The dish was too many for a small person like me but I can always eat it the next day. hehe

Here’s my home cooked food here in Siem Reap. Carried this tray to my room and started nomnoming 2 small chicken parts and drank my Vita Milk Energy Drink! Yum! πŸ˜€

Never got the chance to consume everything though. I just stole a styrofoam food container in the kitchen and placed my leftover food inside the fridge for the next day’s meal πŸ˜†

The next day’s lunch was the left over food my travel buddy and I shared. We just added fresh fruits for that needed balanced meal. Yum yum! πŸ˜€

Deciding to cook my own meals as I live for a month here in Siem Reap was a good decision. Not only did I get to save money on food but I also get to enjoy eating the food that I missed eating back home πŸ˜‰

This is a travel blog of Doi Domasian. Her nature to explore both new and familiar places and share it with the rest of the world is what keeps this wanderer going and seeking for thrills and adventures. Due to her passion for travelling, she decided to leave the corporate world and started living the life of a nomad.


    • hi melvin. hehehe. nakain naman namin at di naman nagreklamo kasama ko so i guess ok lang lasa πŸ˜†

      as for the guesthouse, we got were able to haggle for $120/month all in na including wifi and bike πŸ˜‰

    • hehehe. mukha lang yan. pero i guess ok naman kasi nakain in ed πŸ˜† tsaka ubos na kaya hanggang pics ka nalng muna πŸ˜‰ pag may chance, sali ka as food taster ng cooking experiment ko. hahaha. glad we survived 1 month of this kind of lifestyle we chose. thanks for the greetings Dylan! πŸ˜€


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